Farmers ready to 'stand and not run'

Farmers ready to 'stand and not run'

2014-08-06 15:13

Bloemfontein - Free State farmers will accept no compromise on economic or constitutional principles in the development of agriculture, Free State Agriculture (FSA) president Dan Kriek said on Wednesday.

"We refuse to be party to any legislation or programme that would compromise the financial well-being of farmers," Kriek said during the FSA annual congress in Bloemfontein.

Farmers would also refuse to be part of any development programme that would result in the hardship, hunger, and starvation of the poorest of the poor.

Farmers should "stand and not run" regarding recent comments on land reform and agricultural development.

"Nobody can tell you, you have no future. Get perspective [on] what needs to be done."

He challenged government to speak the truth about land reform, because the truth was also a "revolutionary act".

Kriek criticised Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti for tackling land reform through slogans.

Nkwinti's comment that he had taken a "political decision" on land reform was a poor decision in South Africa's democracy.

Kriek strongly refuted Nkwinti's accusation that organised agriculture had not came up with answers to land reform.

"There are a lot of plans, a lot," said Kriek, adding that organised agriculture had already committed itself to land reform in 2006.

"Free State farmers in 2006 gave former president Thabo Mbeki and Free State premier Ace Magashule a plan," said Kriek.

"You, the most progressive group of farmers, are accused of doing nothing for land reform."

He urged political leaders to refrain from "opportunistic leadership" and warned against heating the debate on land reform.

He showed the congress examples of successful land reform projects in the Free State under the stewardship of agricultural business and commodity groups with the help of commercial farmers.

Kriek also challenged the African National Congress (ANC) to clean up its act.

"Get rid of corruption and get back to the ANC of yesteryear. You have lost your soul."

Farmers would hold the ANC government accountable for the country's future and not allow it "to steal what we are trying to do".

The farmers heard there was nothing holding them back from properly planning, budgeting, and implementing land reform.

Kriek extended a hand to government to trust farmers to help them develop South Africa.

  • Freddie Miller - 2014-08-06 15:44


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  • Hugo Monterro - 2014-08-06 15:56

    Land reform is a complete waste of time and money. We saw what collectivism produced in the good ol' Soviet Union waaaaaaaaaagh

  • Fanie Brink - 2014-08-06 16:27

    I love every word that the president of the FSA has said!!!!

  • Piet Van Aswegen - 2014-08-06 16:45

    well said. Farmers must stand and fight.

  • John Fourie - 2014-08-06 17:29

    "Tackling land reform through slogans" The most accurate assessment of government "intervention" yet.

  • Kratervark Karools - 2014-08-07 10:30

    Dis nie net vir vat nie..... Everything in life comes at a price. There is no way that I will just hand over what I have worked hard to build up! As they say, If you plan on measuring blows with someone, it's good to first determine his reach.....

  • Marc Anthony Webb - 2014-08-21 10:20

    The right to land is not a free one it must be paid for, only in Africa does the notion or idea come to mind everyone must receive free land...To hell with the stupidity I have worked myself to a standstill for all I own and nothing has come easy.The belief you get a farm sit under a tree and the money rolls in is that of a fool and a foolish Govt who are plain and simply lazy,corrupt and a bunch of thieving murderers.Never in the time of apartheid has there been such insecurity and a feeling you are not welcome in your own country.What we all want is a sense of belonging and UBUNTU nothing else to build this country and have all for it's citizens...

  • William Steven Pearson - 2014-12-12 01:32

    Has the ANC officially gone mad???

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